Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15

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Nickita Pearl Waligwa, an actress who starred in the Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigyslum, has died aged 15.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The 2016 film was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and went on to compete in international tournaments.

Nickita Pearl Waligwa was diagnosed with a brain tumour

It starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as her chess teacher.

Waligwa played the role of Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess to her.

She was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India.

She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year was found to have another tumou

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